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					                       The ADSA Newsletter
                                                      • October 2008 •

                                       Message from the President

 Dear ADSA members.

 As a marketing campaign for National Nutrition week,
 ADSA have had our z-Folders in the meal boxes of all
 SAA flights departing from Johannesburg and Cape
 Town for the month of October.

 I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lauren
 Ponting for all the hard work she put into this exciting

René Smalberger RD (SA)
ADSA President (2006-2009)

                   Nutrition Congress 2008: Leadership through innovation

CONGRESS CLOSING CEREMONY THOUGHTS                                    These hold true for the key stakeholders in nutrition that
By Jane Badham on behalf of ADSA                                      have shared together at this congress – the state, the
                                                                      food industry and us as nutrition scientists.
The definition of innovation according to Wikipedia is
‘radical and incremental changes in thinking, processes               We must remember that key to innovation is that there
and services with the goal of a positive change to make               has to be something more than idea generation. The idea
something better.’ Not surprisingly then those involved               has to be put into action to make a genuine difference.
with innovation are often called pioneers in their field.             That reminds me of a quote that I once read, ‘Innovation
As ADSA celebrates its 21st birthday at this congress, we             distinguishes between a leaders and a follower’. So that
do indeed look back at the pioneers that started the                  takes us to the leadership part of the congress theme.
association and we also think about and celebrate the                 Again I draw on a quotation, ‘Management is doing
many wonderful pioneers of nutrition in total in South                things right. Leadership is about doing the right things.’
Africa. But we only look back and study the past if we
want to define the future as the past teaches so that in              To do the right things (to lead), learning is
our future we can find greatness and ensure we remain                 indispensable. Congresses are vital for us as nutrition
pioneers of nutrition in South Africa.                                scientists (the pioneer yesterday, today and tomorrow) to
                                                                      learn and share from our colleagues. But leadership also
I believe that as ADSA we can take out some key points                involves communicating to people their worth and
regarding innovation that we would do well to hold on to              potential so clearly that they come to see it in
and remember:                                                         themselves. We as members of ADSA need to recongise
* It is a process – a journey                                         and accept our worth as leaders in the field of nutrition
* It is about doing things differently                                BUT if we are to lead through innovation then we have to
* It involves creativity                                              practice evidence based nutrition and we have to do the
* It does involve risk taking                                         right things in new creative ways in order to make a real,
* It is the synthesis of knowledge into original, relevant            genuine and measurable difference in the lives of all
and valued products, processes and services                           South Africans especially the most vulnerable. It is a
                                                                      journey but a road we have to travel.                                                                                                Tel: (011) 789 1384                          P.O. Box 868, Ferndale, Johannesburg, 2160                           Fax: (011) 789 1385
                                                     Portfolio: PPD

On the 30th September 2008, The               objective of the Department of                   * Building Relationships
Inaugural Allied Medical Discipline           Health had been determined.                      * Integrating and engaging
(AMD) meeting was held at the
SASP (Physio Assoc) Head Office.              2. Funding
Representatives from various other            The disciplines could consolidate                It was recommended that the
Allied Medical Disciplines were               to impact on the current                         Forum be open to all disciplines
present and involved. After                   environment, National Health                     registered with a statutory Council.
discussion, it was agreed that there          Insurance, Funders and
was much value for such a forum               Government.                                      Other Professions are also going to
and that it would be beneficial for                                                            be invited and phased into the
the various disciplines. Meetings             3. Integration of Disciplines                    Forum gradually. The
will be held bi-annually.                     * Creating Awareness                             Homeopaths, Psychiatrists and
                                              * Educating                                      Medical Social Workers will be
Common areas of interest:                     * Defining Roles                                 invited to the next meeting.
* Coding                                      * Eliminating Threats
* Overlap / areas of conflict                 * Building Relationships                         Coding Working Committee
* Funding                                     * Inter-Disciplinary Consultation                There will be a representative of
* HIV                                         * Presenting at Congresses                       the disciplines (from this AMD) on
* Unionisation                                                                                 the Forum on the Coding Working
* Association Member Benefits                 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:                             Committee for PHISC. We await
* Integration of disciplines                  1. Aim                                           feedback from this Group.
                                              The current aim of the Forum
Key focus areas:                              would be to develop and establish                I look forward to giving you all
                                              inter-disciplinary relationship.                 feedback from the next AMD
1. Coding                                                                                      meeting scheduled for next year.
This is the main area of                      2. Objectives                                    This promises to be a good forum
commonality, although no action               * Creating Awareness                             for multi-disciplinary interaction
can be taken until such time as the           * Educating                                      and can only serve to improve all of
                                              * Defining Roles                                 our professions.

Just a heads up that the Draft NHRPLs for Dieticians 2009 are now available - see the Council for Medical Schemes
Comments need to be forwarded to them - should you have any. Keep an eye out for the final list before the end of this

Robyn Rees RD(SA)
ADSA PPD Portfilio

                                           Food and Function 2009

International Scientific Conference on Nutraceuticals                  health and preventing diseases. The conference is a
and Functional Foods takes place from 9 – 11 June 2009                 scientific forum for all stakeholders of nutraceuticals,
at Zilina, Slovakia                                                    functional foods and aims to enable the interactive
                                                                       exchange of related state-of-the-art knowledge.
Visit to find out more.

The conference programme will focus on the current                     Jana Slimakova, Member of the organizing
advances in the research of nutraceuticals, functional                 committee
foods and their present and future role in maintaining                 mail:                                                                                                   Tel: (011) 789 1384                           P.O. Box 868, Ferndale, Johannesburg, 2160                             Fax: (011) 789 1385
                                           Portfolio: Membership

Please remember to renew your ADSA membership                        If you have not received a renewal form yet, please
before end November.                                                 contact the ADSA secretariat.

        Gluten intolerant? Now bread, pasta and rusks are no longer a sin

The recipe and photograph are courtesy of SARIE KOS. In
the spring 2008 issue (which appeared on street on 3
October), their renowned food editor Barbara Joubert
wrote a comprehensive article on how to make gluten-free
food, including pasta, bread, etc. Here is just recipe for
your delight:

Scottish shortbread

One of the most delicious cookies on earth! You can also
bake it on a greased bake sheet of approximately 30 x 23
cm and then cut the shortbread into fingers as soon as it
comes out of the oven. Makes 12 cookies.

 250 g butter
100 g castor sugar
240 g gluten-free flour
60 g corn flour or rice flour
A pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 160 ºC. Cream the butter and sugar
together until light and creamy. Sieve the dry ingredients
together. Work the dry ingredients into the butter mixture
with your hands until smooth. Press the mixture into three
small (10 cm) loose-bottomed quiche tins. Place the tins on
a baking sheet. Prick the dough evenly with a fork and bake
for about one hour. Cut into quarters.

                            One potato, two potato, three potato, more
According to the National                   to this increase include grain
Agricultural Marketing Council              products, milk, cheese, eggs, fats
(NAMC), rising food prices                  and oils, fruits and nuts, as well as
continue to threaten household              vegetables.1
food security in South Africa. Food
prices as measured by the CPI-
Food and reported by Stats SA,              The prices of main vegetables
increased by 15.7 percent from              showed year-on-year increases of
April 2007 to April 2008. This is           32.85 percent. The increase in                 Price determination of potatoes,
the highest rate of food inflation          grain prices was mainly due to                 like many other products, occurs as
experienced in the country since            pressure on international and                  a result of interaction between
January 2003, and 0.4 percent               domestic grain stocks, while the               supply and demand. According to
higher than the corresponding               increase in vegetable prices can be            Potatoes South Africa (PSA) CEO,
annual rate of 15.3 percent at              largely attributed to climate events.          Mark du Plessis, when making a
March 2008. The food categories                                                            comparison of the annual average
that made the largest contribution                                                         volume and producer price of                                                                                               Tel: (011) 789 1384                         P.O. Box 868, Ferndale, Johannesburg, 2160                           Fax: (011) 789 1385
potatoes between 2006 and 2008,             previous years indicates that             SUPPORTING
it is evident that volumes were             contrary to other products,               INFORMATION:
higher in 2006. Says du Plessis, “In        potatoes have not increased. More
2007 specifically, we experienced           to the point, today’s potato              Reference 1: It should be noted
excellent yields, which resulted in         producer prices are lower than this       that in the potato category, the
lower prices during the period              time last year,” concludes du             NAMC used 7kg pockets to
October 2006 to February 2007.              Plessis.                                  measure price trends and changes;
The price then increased steadily to                                                  7 kg pockets comprise a small
September 2007, where after a                                                         amount of the potato industry in
downward spiral in potato prices                                                      the country and therefore are not a
was experienced.”                                                                     true reflection (of the actual potato

                                                                                      AC Nielsen: April 2007 - April
                                            In terms of sheer quantity
                                            harvested, the potato is the world’s      Specific to urban food price trends,
                                            number four food crop, surpassed          wheat products have increased on
                                            in production volumes by rice,            average by 32.11 percent; maize
                                            wheat and maize respectively.             products by 5.45 percent and fresh
Du Plessis adds that this windfall
                                            South Africa boasts 52 000 hectres        vegetables by 32.85 percent.
in potato prices may continue for
                                            of potatoes and produces 1.7-
the following three months
                                            million tons of potatoes per year.        In terms of rural food price trends,
(September 2008). “Amid the
                                            In observance of the International        wheat products have increased on
soaring prices of the cost of living,
                                            Year of the Potato 2008, and as the       average by 29 percent; maize
it is comforting to know that
                                            world’s most important non-cereal         products by 20.46 percent; rice by
potatoes still remain affordable, as
                                            crop, it is worth celebrating the         15.05 percent and sorghum meal
well as excellent value for money.
                                            humble spud’s extraordinary               by 24.95 percent.
In June 2007, the average
                                            biological, nutritional, cost-
producer price of a 10kg pocket of
                                            effective, as well as culinary
potatoes was R21.68, compared to
R17.67 mid-June 2008. So in
actual fact, a comparison of current
potato producer prices with

Compiled by Louise Churches & Jacqui von Loggenburg (Glass Slipper Communications)

                           Have your say and stand the chance to win
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                             us    your    funny    quote,
                             comment or short story
                             (anything from 5 – 50 words)
                             and should your view be the
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                             loaded with R200 to taunt
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                             be about Nando’s, but about
                             anything related to the

Congratulations to this month’s winner, Karen Horsburgh, who sent us this entry:                                                                                           Tel: (011) 789 1384                         P.O. Box 868, Ferndale, Johannesburg, 2160                       Fax: (011) 789 1385
                                             The Final Word on Nutrition

After an exhaustive review of the research literature, here's the final word on nutrition and health:
1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
3. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
4. Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
5. Germans drink beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
6. The French eat fois-gras, full fat cheese and drink red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

As the bulletin carries the objective of keeping its readers up-to-date with the latest happenings and developments in the
                     industry, we welcome and encourage you to send us your thoughts and comments.

                                 Please note that the views do not represent that of ADSA.                                                                                            Tel: (011) 789 1384                         P.O. Box 868, Ferndale, Johannesburg, 2160                        Fax: (011) 789 1385